I had the great fortune to attend a panel at the recent BlogHer conference in San Francisco entitled, "Blogging About our Children with Special Needs."
It was organized by Susan Etlinger of The Family Room and featured Jennifer Graf Groneberg of Pinwheels, Vicki Foreman of Speak Softly..., Kristina Chew of Autism Vox, and Shannon Des Roches Rosa of The Adventures of Leelo and His Pottymouthed Mom. (howz that for the best blog name ever?)
Rather than provide a recap, I'll just suggest you check out Shannon's write-up if you're curious.
I was even more fortunate to be invited join the group, plus several other special needs blogger-moms, for dinner and a bit of mild carousing afterwards. We chatted and laughed and compared notes on aspects of blogging, mothering and being advocates for our extraordinary kids.
There were so many things I normally find myself explaining, or dreading having to explain, in a group of other parents. But here, that was unnecessary. So much was already shared and understood that the conversation felt effortless and familiar and deep all at once.
My newfound feelings of community and solidarity were an especially welcome buffer against the ugliness of the last couple days.
It's lovely to make new friends, especially when they seem, somehow, like longtime pals.